Genetic Counseling

Northwestern University

Postgraduate Certificate
12 months
37378 USD/year
37378 USD/year
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The Genetic Counseling program of Northwestern University provides a strong foundation in core genetic counseling skills and identifies each student’s strengths in order to ignite the passion and lifelong commitment to learning that is critical to professional development.


The Genetic Counseling program of Northwestern University helps students feel extremely capable in multiple clinical settings and specialties, but also recognize how valuable their training has been in preparing them for expanded genetic counseling careers.

The field of genetics has evolved rapidly over time, and graduate programs need to be aware of the changes that will continue to shape and influence the profession. Since the inception of the program in 1990, our program has continually evolved to meet these changing needs and keep an eye to the future of the profession.

Program highlights

The program will provide each student with the knowledge and experience to become a creative, independent and competent genetic counselor. Upon graduation, students will have:

  • Mastery of genetic concepts, including the molecular basis of inheritance, quantitative genetics and principles of risk assessment
  • Knowledge of the etiology and natural history of many genetic disorders
  • Ability to conduct a genetic counseling session by assessing the patient's needs and concerns, performing a genetic risk assessment, communicating appropriate genetic and medical information, providing supportive counseling and assisting the family in obtaining necessary services and support
  • Experience conducting a research project, from study design to oral defense
  • Awareness of local, state and national resources designed to assist patients and professionals and knowledge of ethical and legal issues as related to genetic counseling
  • Psychosocial and ethnocultural sensitivity to families or individuals with genetic disorders
  • Familiarity with genetic literature, including the ability to perform library research, critically evaluate scientific publications and assist in clinical research

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Genetic Counseling and Medical Communication
  • Medical Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Adult Genetics
  • Principles of Medical Genetics
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Genetic Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended
  • General GRE scores (quantitative, verbal and analytical)
  • Supplemental form
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37378 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18689 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    37378 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18689 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • per quarter: $18,689


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